gift of homeschooling

I pushed my shopping cart up to pay with a mega shopping cart full of groceries and 3 kids.  I braced myself as the checkout girl asked the question.

“Do you homeschool?”

At 5, my oldest is at the age where it’s finally somewhat clear that we do, in fact, homeschool.  But as a new homeschooler, I’m still not used to it and I never know what kind of reaction I’ll get when I say yes.

As soon as I answered her question, I knew this would be different.

She had a look of longing on her face.  And then she unloaded on me.  The checkout girl in the blue vest told me all about how she wanted to homeschool.  She knew that her child wasn’t getting the education he needed at school.  He needed more, more than a busy teacher with 20 kids could give him.

More than anything, this mom wished she could do what I’m doing.  She wished she could just keep him home and give him the customized education that he needed.

But her hands were tied.

I don’t know her story and why she has to work at the grocery store.  And I don’t know yours either.  I don’t know what kinds of sacrifices you’re making to keep your kids home with you and give them what you feel is best for them.

But I know my heart.

And I know that while mentally, I’m always aware that it’s a blessing, a gift to homeschool, sometimes I take it for granted.  I’ve planned on doing this for so long that I can’t even imagine doing anything else.  There are amazing schools near me, but it never even crossed my mind to send my children there because homeschooling has always been our first choice.  And I forget that it’s not even a choice that some moms get to make.

Mamas, let’s not forget that this is a gift.  Is it hard?  Absolutely.  All the good things in life often are.  But at least it’s an option that we have.  And please join me in praying for this mom and others that we know.  I pray that God would provide in mighty ways so that one day, she can have educational choices for her children.

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About Gabby Daigle

Gabby writes at MamaGab, where she loves to encourage moms in their heart for their homes, husbands, children, and the Lord. She loves to encourage in this same way in her local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Ministry, which she currently coordinates. She spent a brief time teaching at a Classical school and then began teaching high school English at a public school before becoming a stay-at-home mom. With a 1 year old, a 3 year old, and a 5 year old, Gabby has spent the past 5 years surrounded by diapers and spit up, and there's no where else she would rather be. You can find Gabby honestly sharing the joys and struggles of motherhood on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+.

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